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#198419 - 12/10/11 02:10 PM SPOON! The Tick
DancingCavy Offline



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UGH.

Today, for the first time in five and a half years, I found an engorged tick on Risa. frown I am proud of me for not being squeamish about removing it (vet's office was closed by the time I found it). I also did it perfectly as the little bugger was still moving when I plucked it using tweezers. Risa was also incredibly good about it.

I put him into a plastic sandwich bag and then put him in another one on top of that. He's in the garage until Monday when I'll drop him off at the vet's office to be tested for tick-borne diseases. Doesn't hurt to play it safe.

I'm pretty sure I know where she picked it up and when. We were out at our training facility Monday and it is a known tick area (and there are deer around). The weather was nice but, since we had had freezing temperatures, I thought we were safe. Guess not!

I had used Bug-Off Garlic granules before as a tick preventative but had to stop because the garlic made Risa somewhat incontinent. Is there any other non-pesticide thing I can use to prevent this from happening again? I know several people have had successes with some oils in a spray that they spritzed on their dogs before entering ticky areas but I can't remember what.

Thanks in advance.
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#198420 - 12/10/11 02:35 PM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy]
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Bummer! I wouldn't rule out your yard, either though. Even though east is more tick prevelant, the dogs have picked up quite a few ticks in our yard and you guys aren't much farther west than our house.

I'm too freaked out about ticks, so I go for the nasty pesticides. I didn't think the Bug Off worked when I did try it. I can't remember a couple other things people suggested that were natural remedies.

I've found ticks as early as March....it takes quite a bit of cold weather to kill them. Considering how mild this "winter" has been, I'm not surprised. Although I"ve lucked out so far.
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#198425 - 12/10/11 03:42 PM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: GSDElsa]
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Can't remember for certain but seems like Ruth said Neem works for it?

Sounds like I might have gotten that right!
http://www.discoverneem.com/
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#198430 - 12/10/11 04:26 PM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: Zisso]
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Eucalyptus Oil is another natural product that worked well for us this season. Repel has a repellent made with Lemon eucalyptus oils that I started using this year on our hikes after finding ticks on the dogs. Before that we were just using the Bug Off garlic without finding any for the past few years. Seems this year the tick population just erupted in the parks and hiking trails
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#198450 - 12/10/11 08:06 PM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: Kayla's Dad]
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I'm pretty sure she didn't get it from our yard. The lawn is kept quite short and, on top of that, Risa hasn't spent much time in it at all lately.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. Ticks are so gross. frown
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#198454 - 12/10/11 08:39 PM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy]
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There are some "recipies" in the Health
Stickies, in the ticks and tick disease sticky. I use the drops from Mad about Organics, with extra catnip oil, though we haven't been in a high tick area. Repel from REI seems to work (lemon eucalyptus I believe, no deet).

Ticks, hate 'em frown
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#198473 - 12/10/11 10:47 PM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I always forget about the Stickies! Shame on me!

I probably won't need any tick stuff until next year. I think our days of warm weather are behind us! But it's something I am going to have to keep in mind for next year since I'm apparently bad at missing ticks before they've had plenty of time to feed. frown

I *think* (by looking at photos online. . .why do I torment myself?) that it is a dog tick at least. So I'm less concerned about Lyme disease but I'll probably still have it tested just to put my mind at ease.
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#198531 - 12/11/11 10:03 AM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy]
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I hate to bust your happiness bubble, but dog ticks carry disease too - even scarier than Lyme.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/ticks.htm
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#198533 - 12/11/11 10:21 AM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: LJsMom]
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PA tick diseases
http://www.hgic.umd.edu/content/documents/ticks.pdf

NY
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/health/20tick.html
http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/

Jamie - I wouldn't be to sure about the warm weather being behind us. We are supposed to be in the high 40's at the end of the week. I'm going to continue putting preventatives on mine until it's consistently cold.

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#198535 - 12/11/11 10:36 AM Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: LifeAsMe]
PositiveDog Offline
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Sorry to go OT, but what does "SPOON" mean in the title of this post? I am lost. thinking
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